Some health care providers recommend moderate consumption of alcohol to certain patients for its possible health benefits.? Moderate consumption of alcohol has been linked to a reduced risk of stroke, a reduced risk of heart disease and a lower risk of developing gall stones.
The key for reaping the possible benefits of alcohol consumption without suffering a host of potential negatives lies in keeping consumption moderate.? The 2010 dietary guideline define moderate drinking as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.
Heavy consumption of alcohol has been associated with a number of serious health problems including cirrhosis, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, heart muscle damage and certain cancers.? A recent study has even shown a possible association between heavy alcohol consumption and the development of pancreatic cancer.
The study included more than a million Americans who were followed for a period of 24 years.? Based on the information gathered, researchers concluded that participants who consumed 3 or more drinks per day increased their pancreatic cancer risk by nearly a third.
This new study was observational in nature so it can?t provide definitive proof that alcohol directly causes pancreatic cancer.? The information gathered does show a clear association between alcohol and pancreatic cancer though, which could give health care providers an opportunity for prevention of the deadly disease.